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10 April 2010, 06:00
Police in Bedfordshire have released pictures of distinctive Asian jewellery that was stolen when two men forced their way into a home in Luton.
The men, who claimed to be police officers, knocked on the door of a house in The Cross Way, Farley Hill between 10pm and 10:30pm last Friday.
When the victim opened the door one man placed his foot in the doorway and threatened the victim with a knife and pushed him over.
Her hands were tied behind her back and she was dragged through the homer and was ordered to show the men where the jewellery was.
The men left with a large amount of gold and cash.
Police have described the first man as black, in his late20s with a big build, a round face, between 5'5" - 5'7" tall, brown eyes and shaven head. He had his right eyebrow pierced with a silver bar and wore a large square diamond earring in his right ear. He spoke with local accent and had a patch of hair on his chin.
Police have described the second man as also black, with a lighten skin tone and in his late 20's with a medium build, an oval face, between 6'1"-6'32 tall and short shaven hair. His nose was long and he had a scar under his left eye.
Detective Constable Ann Mapson has released the pictures of some of the jewellery stolen in a hope that members of the public will recognise it if it if offered to them for sale.
DC Mapson has been telling Heart:
"The victim was left tied up in the house but managed to untie herself and contact the police. Luckily she was otherwise unhurt but she is devastated that her jewellery had been taken as some of it is of great sentimental value to her.
"It is important that anyone who has jewellery in their home, whether it be worth a lot of money or be of sentimental value, take the appropriate precautions and help discourage any further offences of this nature happening. Always check the identity of any callers and keep your door locked until you are satisfied that you have checked their identity."
If you have information about this crime please contact DC Mapson at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394334 or text 07786 200111, or contact Crimestoppers, annonymously on 0800 555 111.